2019 Gluten-Free Globetrotter Year in Review

I had this crazy realization over the weekend.

2019 is the first year in my adult life that I did not go on an airplane.

WHAT??? Gluten-Free Globetrotter did not globetrot at all this year? Now, before you go thinking that I lost my travel mojo, I think I have a good excuse.

I had a baby and became a mother. 

Gluten-Free Globetrotter in 2019

This year has been the wildest year of my life. Having my son back in March changed EVERYTHING. No books, podcasts, or mothering apps can prepare you for becoming a mom. It was by far the most rewarding, yet most challenging thing I have done in my life. So while I didn’t fly anywhere exotic, I am still experiencing the most life-changing adventure of all.

I spent the beginning part of 2019 on the couch due to some pregnancy issues. The second part of my year was discovering my new baby, pushing a stroller around my neighborhood, and slowly exploring NYC. ( I found out I was pregnant the same week I moved back to New York City, so I felt like I was getting reacquainted with an old friend ) And the end of my 2019 was me finally starting to emerge from a fog and become more comfortable in my role as a mother. I also got to know my little one and have seen more changes in him and myself over the past 9 months than I have ever in a person in my lifetime!

I am not sad that I didn’t get to travel as much as I would have liked in 2019 but I definitely did miss it. Just because I didn’t get on a plane doesn’t mean I didn’t explore, eat gluten-free, and connect with celiac friends from around the globe. I lived vicariously through social media accounts of my traveling friends and met some wonderful gluten-free travelers along the way.  Shout out to Angela from @gfyogajourney who did 18 months around the world (all gluten-free) and made time to share a coffee and a meal with me while in NYC. And Priyanka from @antiwheatgirl who I finally met in person after being online friends for many years.  It’s these celiac friends that make my online activity so rewarding.

AntiWheatGirl, Gluten-Free Globetrotter, and GFYogaJourney

AntiWheatGirl, Gluten-Free Globetrotter, and GFYogaJourney

I did manage one family trip to Massachusetts and a few short drives to Long Island with the baby in 2019. It was my first time in the Berkshire Mountains and staying in a hotel with a baby, so that definitely counts as a new travel experience. I also got some great gluten-free food recommendations from friends and the Celiac Travel Facebook group.

Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley

Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley

We are ready to take our family to the skies in 2020 and have our first west coast adventure booked. All tips for packing gluten-free food AND baby gear are welcome. Gluten-Free Globetrotter is still here, I am just getting my wings back for the new decade.

Thanks for sticking around and happy new year. I would love to hear where you are jetting off to in the new decade! Share them in the comments below!

 

 

 

About Erin Smith

Living with celiac disease since 1981 and eating gluten-free long before it was "trendy", Erin Smith has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community; Founded Gluten-Free Fun in 2007; Founded Gluten-Free Globetrotter® in 2011; Founded GlutenFreelancer® in 2014. Erin was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community of more than 2,000 members for over a decade. She is the founder of the Santa Cruz Celiac support group. Erin currently resides in New York City and lives 100% gluten-free.
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5 Responses to 2019 Gluten-Free Globetrotter Year in Review

  1. Andreas Georgiades says:

    Have Happy New Year 2020!

    Καλή Χρονιά!☃️

    Andreas Georgiades

  2. Happy New Year – all year long!

  3. Carol Land says:

    Happy New Year and enjoy every moment with your child. We are in Maui with our daughter and missing our wonderful son who died this past June.😢
    Found a great restaurant in Lahaina called Fridas.
    Also Humuhumu restaurant in Wailea where we are staying.
    Maui Brick Oven in Kihei is totally GF .
    Always learned new things about changes and this past year Rice is no longer safe in many restaurants because it has orzo or farro or is cooked in unsafe oil.
    Take care and have fun .
    Carol

  4. Pat Townsend says:

    Happy New Year! It was a great 2019 for you! Love your posts. I am off for a week in Mexico in March! GF food is plentiful there.

  5. Pingback: Getting to Know Gluten-Free Globetrotter in 2020 | Gluten-Free Globetrotter®

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